Cades Cove Campground is set in the heart of one of Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s biggest attractions—the resplendent Cades Cove valley. Surrounded by deciduous trees and mountain peaks, this 159-site campground is open year-round with numerous hiking trails to waterfalls, peaks, and scenic views nearby. Campers can also find some of the park’s best biking and equestrian areas. RV and tent sites at Cades Cove Campground include picnic tables and fire rings, and the campground also features restrooms, a dump station, and a camp store with food, ice cream, and bicycle rentals. No campsites come with individual hookups or shower access.

Tips for Snagging a Campsite Reservation

  • All Cades Cove campsites are reservable six months in advance. You can make a reservation online or by calling (877) 444-6777.
  • Cades Cove is a popular campground, and is often full during summer season and October, when fall foliage peaks.
  • During the winter season (December to early April), Cades Cove Campground only operates about 50 of its campsites.
  • When to Go

    Spring visitors to Cades Cove Campground may be blessed with wildflowers and full strength waterfalls, plus the area is known to host synchronous fireflies during their late May mating season. Summer visitors enjoy warm temps in the 80s and long days to hike, but campgrounds are typically full during this time. Fall is gorgeous, with deciduous tree leaves changing colors in September and October. Rain and cold nights are possible year-round, and winter visitors should be prepared for cold weather camping and possibly driving on snow and ice. For current info on winter conditions, call the ranger station at (865) 436-1200.

    Campsite area
    Tent or RV sites
    160 sites
    Up to 6 guests per site
    Up to 6 vehicles
    No wheelchair access
    No campfires
    No toilet
    No pets
    No potable water
    No picnic table


    Offered near the campground.


    The 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road is a popular cycling route, giving riders a chance to spot wildlife and linger over t...Read more


    Abrams Creek is a popular trout fishing spot within Cades Cove.


    The Cades Cove Nature Trail starts at the campground, and a number of excellent hiking trails also depart from Cades Cove, incl...Read more

    Horseback riding

    Guided horseback tours and carriage rides through Cades Cove are offered next to the campground at the Cades Cove Riding Stables.

    Wildlife watching

    Cades Cove is one of the best areas in the Smokies for wildlife observation. Campers frequently spot bears, deer, coyotes, turk...Read more


    Natural features you'll find at Cades Cove Campground.

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    Hipcamper Sara + Mike
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    November 7th, 2018

    The popular eleven mile Cades Cove one-way scenic drive is near this campground. We were prepared to see some wildlife but to no avail. :(

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    September 17th, 2018

    The group sites were amazing and super reasonable! We had a group of 8 and were able to reserve (non-group sites are first come first served) a group site during spring break for about the same cost as 2 single sites.

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    May 30th, 2017

    We spent a few nights here while exploring the park over Memorial Day Weekend. It was busy, but the campground was still very quiet. The facilities are nice, but there are no showers available anywhere in the park. It was not cheap... $22/night, but it was a really convenient location.

    Hipcamper Tyler
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    March 8th, 2017

    Cade's Cove is a classic spot to camp in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. It is the most visited National Park in the US for a reason! Stunning waterfalls, breath-taking hikes, and gorgeous views are but minutes away from this family friendly camping site. Growing up only a few hours from this plethora of hiking, my family would backpack in the fall and enjoy the beautiful cove in the summer. Hidden conveniently near the edge of park gives you quick access to "civilization" but also to some of the most diversified fauna in the United States. If my memory serves me correct most sites are priced around $12-18 a night for tent camping and offer everything you might need to enjoy your getaway.

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    Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    United States
    Phone Number
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    35.603° N, 83.777° W
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